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Bar makes out a case against Queen's English, wants Hindi

  Hindi may be the national language, but the judiciary still swears by the Queen's English. Now, language is the bone of contention between lawyers and judges with a section of lawyers alleging that Delhi's judges prefer English-speaking lawyers to Hindi-speaking ones. 

Alleging discrimination by judges, the lawyers now want to be allowed to argue cases in Hindi. Launching a "signature campaign" last week, a group of lawyers from Delhi High Court and the five district courts made a petition to the effect. 

Spearheading the campaign, Ashok Aggarwal, president of the Delhi unit of the lawyers' association, said use of Hindi in courts will not only help lawyers present their cases in a better way, it will also benefit the litigants. "Most litigants are not well versed in English. For the better understanding of the litigants and that of their counsels, it is important for the courts to encourage using Hindi," Aggarwal said. 

Sharing an anecdote, Aggarwal said once a lawyer was asked to sit down by a HC judge and was stopped in the middle of arguments for using Hindi. "The judge told him that Hindi was not the language to be used in courts," he said, adding that the Delhi High Court Act does not allow lawyers to argue in Hindi. 

So far, the petition has managed to get the support of 3000 lawyers. "We have received a huge response and collected over 3,000 signatures so far to support our campaign," Aggarwal informed. The association's aim is to collect 5000 signatures and then the petition will be sent to Chief Justice of Delhi High Court. 

Meanwhile, many trial court judges appreciated the move stating that it will help the judiciary in getting over the "British hangover". "It is a great attempt on the part of the lawyers. Our constitution provides for equality and everyone should be allowed to use the national language in courts. In trial courts, using hindi is still allowed but one cannot argue in English in HC. It's high time things change," a metropolitan magistrate said.


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Swami Sadashiva Brahmendra Sar (Nil)     14 September 2009

This is a right move . I support this. It is a bad situation that people from diferent part of our country use a foreign language to connect themselves.

Manasi Save (Legal Practioner)     14 September 2009

I do not agree,  then first  we got to start teaching law as a subject in hindi.

Rekha..... ( Practicing lawyer(B.Com LL.M in Business law ))     14 September 2009

It is humble request that please correct me if I m wrong

Ohhhh       !!!!! Really Sir ??? “‘a lawyer was asked to sit down by a HC judge and was stopped in the middle of arguments for using Hindi.” We should take action against the said “HC Judge “(…Please Name…?) ( VERY HON’BLE JUDGE doesn’t know the provisions on our Constitution) under the Articles of our Constitutional Right and why only in Delhi We should also go further and think it in a broader way. The said campaign should be encouraged through out our Nation and I m always ready for this. Please make available the all legal books in Hindi also so that Hon’ble Judges can also refer.

Sachin Bhatia (Advocate)     14 September 2009

As you said the act of Judge was realy disgusting. I am in

support of this campaign. I think we should teach the

judge that:


हिंदी है हमवतन हैं हिंदुस्तान हमारा !

Sachin Bhatia (Advocate)     14 September 2009

As you said the act of Judge was realy disgusting. I am in

support of this campaign. I think we should teach the

judge that:


हिंदी है हमवतन हैं हिंदुस्तान हमारा !


@ Rekha - well said!




In this Democratic India it is now not the kingdoms of Kings & Swards.  It is now not "HINDUSTAN of only HINDI HAIN HAM" but it is the Union of India where all the citizens from north to south and east to west are equal before law and can reside anywhere.  In lower court the matter comes from a limited area and the local scheduled language and English can be used.  The Lawyers must be knowing the language used in lower courts to Supreme Court.  


We should keep in view that in India, we have number of scheduled languages.


The most important fact to think and consider is that;


1. When the Britishers/English entered in India and how the justice system was before & after its entrance here.  Is not it that the Britishers/English have taught us THE WRITTEN CONSTITUTION AND WRITTEN RULE AND EQUAL JUSTICE SYSTEM FOR EVERYONE?  




3. Is not that we have got the Union Of India by throwing kicking out the KINGS & SWORDS due to arrival of Britishers/English?


Do we like to go back?


I am thankful to Britishers and English for the above cause.


The Bar Council of India should only register as advocate to practice those are LEARNED THE RULES OF COURTS.  An advocate has to serve to illiterate people also hence it is mandatory for them to be LEARNED IN ALL ASPECTS.  The plumber have to serve to customer and so they should know the communication with the customer as well as with the shop keeper from where they will bring the material, if, the customer is knowing other language and the shopkeeper know another.

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It is the high time of globalization and it is becoming a global village.  We are going toward global equality.  We should accept a global language.  Let the world see that how the justice is accessed to Indian citizen instead of pulling it back in Village Panchayats where the Powerful people ever nominates the poor.  


English brought up us as civilised democratic citizen and opened the door of the world for us otherwise we would have been living under sword of so called kings. 



Signature campaign by few people has no importance, become members of parliament and come in majority over the people of NON-HINDI CITIZENS.

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Renuka Gupta ( Gender Researcher )     30 October 2010

Hindi may be declared as National Language but certainly it is not a connecting language of people from different parts of the country. How many schools in the North India teach children South Indian Languages? 

So Mr. Tripathi, which language would you suggest which would connect people from different parts of the country? Certainly not Hindi as in the South people take it with a pinch of salt the declaration of Hindi as a national language!

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Democratic Indian (n/a)     31 October 2010

Imposition of hindi as a "national" language on non hindi speaking people in India is a big conspiracy by a few vested interests(especially right wing) to impose their hegemony under the cover of democracy. Purpose is to gradually and slowly finish the identity, language, culture and history of non hindi speaking people. Every year hundreds of crores of central government money is spent to "popularise" and "propagate" hindi. But these same very vested interests are themselves educated in one of the best english medium schools and send their children to top english medium schools. Only interested to fool the people and keep them backward for ever. Why would tamil, telegu, malyali, kannadigas. maharashtrians, gujratis, rajasthanis, punjabis, kashmiris, himachalis, bengalis, oriya, assamesse, sikkimisse, nagas, mizos and the entire North East, Urdu and English speaking people submit to the hegemony of the language of 1 or 2 particular states and slowly destroy their own language, culture, heritage and identity?

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